FIFA publishes bid books for the 2026 FIFA World Cup incl. summaries of human rights strategies provided by bidders

Last week, FIFA announced the publishing of the bid books for the 2026 FIFA World Cup on fifa.comThe published bid books include in chapter 23 summaries of the human rights strategies provided by the bidders. The strategies are informed and complemented by an independent human rights context analysis.

The underlying requirements for the bid book are grounded in the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights and outlined in a document that was published in November 2017 (p. 26-29). The overall guide to the bidding and bid selection is also available on FIFA's website.

United 2026, the bid committee comprised of Canada, Mexico and the United States, has since released seven supplemental reports including its proposal for a Human Rights Strategy and an independent assessment on human rights in Canada, Mexico and the USA that accompanied its proposal to FIFA, which FIFA had not made available. 


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30 March 2018

United 2026 releases 7 supplemental reports to official proposal to FIFA; incl. proposal for a human rights strategy & independent assessment

Author: United2026 Bidding Nations Canada | Mexico | United States

United 2026 has released seven supplemental reports that accompanied its proposal to FIFA. While these reports will not be released by FIFA, we have chosen to make them public here. The following reports provide additional information about our bid in these categories: Environmental Impact, Sustainable Event Management, Innovation, Fan Engagement, Governance, and Human Rights.

The full reports are available for download here.

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29 March 2018

United 2026 letter to the Human Rights Stakeholder Community

Author: United2026 Bidding Nations Canada | Mexico | United States

On March 16th, we officially submitted the United Bid Book and all other required documentation to FIFA, including our proposal for a comprehensive United Human Rights Strategy...

On Monday, FIFA made the Bid Book public by publishing it on their website...

Section 23 of the United Bid Book contains our response to FIFA’s requirements on human rights and labor standards...

Our proposed strategy addresses potential human rights risks due to activities and business relationships occurring through the planning and staging of the 2026 FIFA World Cup™. We anticipate that by addressing these risks there will be significant legacies for human rights in connection to sporting events and in contexts not directly associated with the Competition...

For each of the [risk] areas, we [...] develop[ed] an approach for each area of our human rights strategy...

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26 March 2018

2026 FIFA World Cup™: bid books available on

Author: FIFA

In line with the approved timeline for the bidding process of the 2026 FIFA World Cup™, FIFA has received the following bid books, which are available on along with their respective executive summaries:

  • Joint submission by the Canadian Soccer Association, the Mexican Football Association and the United States Soccer Federation

  • Submission by the Moroccan Football Association

The 2026 Bid Evaluation Task Force will now carry out an assessment process, including visits to the respective member associations... [T]he resulting bid evaluation reports, like each step of the bidding process, will be made public...

President Gianni Infantino [says] "FIFA has been heavily criticised for how it conducted the selection of hosts in the past; it was our obligation to learn from this... This is why the rules of this process have been clear and objective from the beginning, and they include the highest standards in terms of ethical conduct, participation and commitment to sustainability and human rights..."

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26 March 2018

Bidding nation Morocco

Author: Bidding Nation Morocco

Morocco has been engaged, since the turn of the century, in a continuous process to improve the level of human rights. As a result, the country complies with the highest international standards – as well as with its own historical and multicultural references in the field.

In the context of its 2026 FIFA World CupTM, the FRMF (Royal Moroccan Football Federation) has undertaken its own initiative in line with the national movement. It has consulted with many stakeholders and notably collaborated with the National Human Rights Council (CNDH) in order to implement a relevant and effective human rights strategy...

The FRMF President signed an explicit public commitment to ensure that the FIFA World CupTM will be an exemplary event from a human rights standpoint, in compliance with all FIFA and other international requirements...

[T]he FRMF has also prepared its own report, entitled Human Rights Strategy in the framework of the 2026 FIFA World CupTM”(available as an appendix). It considers all of the standards and international guidelines recommended by FIFA, and includes the following elements:

• An analysis of the risks related to the preparation and organisation of the 2026 FIFA World CupTM;

• An action plan;

• The outlines of a reasonable diligence programme.

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16 March 2018

Unity. Canada, Mexico, and the United States United Bid to Host the 2026 FIFA World CupTM

Author: United2026 Bidding Nations Canada | Mexico | United States

23 Human Rights and Labour Standards

The United Bid fully commits to respecting human rights in all aspects of our work before, during, and after the staging of the 2026 FIFA World CupTM, in accordance with the UN Guiding Principles (UNGPs) on Business and Human Rights... Where we identify potentially adverse impacts on the human rights of people belonging to specific groups or populations, or in specific circumstances, we have considered other international standards and principles that elaborate on the rights of such individuals...

Our goal is to create, with FIFA, mechanisms for all of those who have been negatively impacted by activities related to the staging of the 2026 FIFA World CupTM to both know about their potential routes for complaint and grievance and have trust in their use. We will work with FIFA to develop a framework to ensure existing mechanisms are aligned with any public or state-based judicial and non-judicial mechanisms, fortified (as needed), and gaps filled...